Report: Alcohol Responsible for Nearly 6% of All Deaths

According to a new report from the World Health Organization, alcohol consumption is responsible for 5.9 percent of all global deaths, killing 3.3 million people each year. Just for some context, that’s more than violence, tuberculosis and AIDS—combined. The WHO report says that every 10 seconds, alcohol kills someone somewhere in the world and causes one in every 20 deaths. They also identified binge drinking as being a major threat to global health, with 16 percent of the population doing it regularly. Despite the high numbers, the report found that about half of the world’s adult population is completely sober, refraining from alcohol completely. In addition to a number of diseases including cancer and pneumonia—to which drinkers are more susceptible—the report also factored in alcohol-related accidents …

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